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  • Undergraduate Business program ranked #16 in the nation US News & World Report
  • Students who study abroad through the College of Business typically pay about $1,800 in tuition during their semester abroad
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Step Two—Math

Mathematics is the foundation for the Business curriculum. It is therefore important that you begin at the appropriate level and complete the core mathematics requirement as soon as possible.

ALEKS Math Placement Exam

ALL STUDENTS will complete the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. Even if you have AP or transfer credit—ALL STUDENTS will take the ALEKS Math Placement Exam. More information can be found here: ALEKS Math Placement Exam

If you completed AP in Math AB or BC you may have already completed some of your Math requirements for the College of Business. You will discuss your AP Credit and your ALEKS Score with an advisor during summer registration.

All College of Business Students Must Complete
One of the Following Three Course Combinations:

1. Math 124 or 125 & Math 234: Finite Math or Linear Algebra & Calculus for Business I

Most Business students elect this course combination.

Provides adequate preparation for major course work in business and graduate level work.

Math 234 may be taken before Math 124 or 125.

2. Math 220 or 221 & Math 124 or 125: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I & Linear Algebra or Finite Math

Ideal if you have AP or transfer credit for Math 220.

AP Calculus test scores of 4 or 5 will give you credit for:

  • Test AB—Math 220 and placement into Math 231.
  • Test BC—Math 220 & 231; completes the Business Math requirement.

AP Calculus BC test scores of 3 (with AB subscore of 4 or 5) will give you credit for Math 220 and placement into Math 231.

3. Math 220 or 221 & Math 231: Calculus and Analytic Geometry I & II

Can be partially or fully completed through AP credit (see previous choice).

About the Courses

Pay Attention to Course Prerequisites

Math 012: Algebra—3 hours

Rapid review of basic techniques of factoring, rational expressions, equations and inequalities; functions and graphs; exponential and logarithm functions; systems of equations; matrices and determinants; polynomials; and the binomial theorem. Students who need both algebra and trigonometry should enroll in MATH 016. Credit is not given for both MATH 012 and MATH 016. Credit not applicable toward graduation in Business.

Prerequisite: 1.5 units of high school algebra; 1 unit of high school geometry. The credits (3 hrs) will not count toward the required 124 hours needed for a College of Business degree. Preparatory math courses are included in the undergraduate cumulative grade point average.

Math 115: Precalculus—3 hours

Analytic geometry; exponential and logarithmic functions; trigonometric functions of real numbers; trigonometric functions of angles; analytic trigonometry; limits and a preview of calculus; and a focus on modeling. Credit is not given for both MATH 115 and MATH 016. Students may not receive credit for MATH 115 if MATH 115 is taken after receiving credit for MATH 220 or MATH 221.

Prerequisite: MATH 012 or equivalent.

MATH 124: Finite Mathematics—3 hours

Introduction to finite mathematics for students in the social sciences; introduces the student to the basic ideas of logic, set theory, probability, vectors and matrices, and Markov chains. Problems are selected from social sciences and business.

Prerequisite: MATH 012 or an adequate ALEKS score.

Math 125: Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications—3 hours

Basic concepts and techniques of linear algebra; includes systems of linear equations, matrices, determinants, vectors in n-space, and eigenvectors, together with selected applications, such as Markov processes, linear programming, economic models, least squares, and population growth. Credit is not given for both MATH 125 and any of MATH 225, MATH 410, or MATH 415.

Prerequisite: MATH 012, or an adequate ACT score.

Math 220: Calculus & Analytic Geometry, I—5 hours

First course in calculus and analytic geometry; basic techniques of differentiation and integration with applications including curve sketching; antidifferentation, the Riemann integral, fundamental theorem, exponential and trigonometric functions. Credit is not given for both MATH 220 and either MATH 221 or MATH 234.

Prerequisite: MATH 016 or equivalent; or an adequate ACT score.

Math 221: Calculus I—4 hours

First course in calculus and analytic geometry for students with some calculus background; basic techniques of differentiation and integration with applications including curve sketching; antidifferentation, the Riemann integral, fundamental theorem, exponential and trigonometric functions. Credit is not given for both MATH 221 and either MATH 220 or MATH 234.

Prerequisite: One year of high school calculus or a minimum score of 2 on the AB Calculus AP exam.

Math 231: Calculus II—3 hours

Second course in calculus and analytic geometry: techniques of integration, conic sections, polar coordinates, and infinite series.

Prerequisite: MATH 220 or MATH 221.

Math 234: Calculus for Business I—4 hours

Introduction to the concept of functions and the basic ideas of the calculus. Credit is not given for both MATH 234 and either MATH 220 or MATH 221.

Prerequisite: MATH 012.